were strengthened by Marley’s empowering lyrics. Marley had penned a tribute to their efforts, “Zimbabwe”, which was included on the most overtly political album of hiscareer, 1979’s “Survival” and he was invited to headline their official liberationcelebrations. Zimbabwean police used teargas to control the crowds that surged throughthe gates of Harare’s Rufaro Stadium to get a glimpse of Marley onstage. As severalmembers of his entourage fled for cover, Marley, returned to the stage to perform“Zimbabwe”, the power of his words ringing with a greater urgency amidst the ensuingchaos: “
to divide and rule could only tear us apart, in everyman chest, mm - there beats aheart/so soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries and I don't want my people tobe tricked by mercenaries.
“There was smoke everywhere, our eyes filled with tears sowe ran off,” recalls Marcia Griffiths, who sang back up for Marley, alongside his wifeRita Marley and Judy Mowatt, as the I-Threes. “When Bob saw us the next day he smiledand said now we know who are the real revolutionaries.”A generation later a group of political refugees from Sierra Leone living in Guineanconcentration camps, traumatized by years of bloody warfare in their country, foundstrength through Marley’s music, which inspired them to form a band and write/recordtheir own songs. The Refugee All Stars won international acclaim for their 2006 debut“Living Like A Refugee” and their 2010 album “Rise and Shine”, each utilizing anamalgam of reggae, Sierra Leone’s Islamic rooted
music and West African
On October 13, 2010, Victor Zamora, one of 33 Chilean miners rescued after beingtrapped in a San Jose mine for 69 days, asked to hear Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier” uponhis release. Recorded in 1980 and released in 1983 “Buffalo Soldier” recounts theatrocities of the slave trade and like so many of Marley’s songs, it highlights theimportance of relating past occurrences to present-day identities
“if you know your history then you will know where you are coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me,who the hell do I think I am?”